Whitcomb Places in Prominent Outdoor Writers Competition


Andy had another good day on the lake.

Outdoor Writers Association of America is pleased to announce that Andy Whitcomb of St. Petersburg, Pennsylvania, was recognized as an award recipient during the 2020 OWAA Excellence in Craft Contests. This annual awards program recognizes and honors the best work of outdoor communicators who are members of OWAA.

His awards:

First Place, for his Column in the world’s leading kayak fishing magazine, Kayak Angler. His humorous column has appeared in the back of Kayak Angler since 2016.

He also was awarded Third Place, in the Magazine/Humor category, for a piece which appeared in the 2019 Early Summer Edition of Kayak Angler. In “Head Games,” he tackles the perceived personalities of several fish species.

His Background:

Originally from Oklahoma, Whitcomb is an avid angler and stressed out father of two, who currently enjoys chasing pike and smallmouth bass in Western Pennsylvania.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Oklahoma State University, experience as a fisheries research technician with OSU, Iowa State University, and Michigan State University, and has worked at fish hatcheries in Colorado and Iowa.

Additional freelance writing has appeared in outdoor outlets including Bassmaster, Outdoor Oklahoma, Boating World, and espnoutdoors.com. Since 2011, he has contributed over 400 blog posts for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s website: www.takemefishing.org, sharing a unique perspective on all things related to fishing. Some of his work is archived on his website: www.justkeepreeling.com.

About OWAA

The Outdoor Writers Association of America is the oldest and largest association of professional outdoor communicators in the United States. It was organized in 1927 by members of the Izaak Walton League of America and includes professional communicators dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience.

For more info, visit http://owaa.org/eic


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